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Ductless Heating Problems You Should Watch for

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

ductless-mini-splitNow that the daily temperature is hovering around the mid-40s, you’re probably relying on your ductless mini split system quite a lot to keep comfortable. More demand on the system will increase the wear and tear it accumulates over time. That means that you have a higher chance of malfunctions occurring during the winter than at other times of the year. While you’re relying on your ductless mini split that often, it’s important that you keep an extra-sharp eye out for signs that the system is struggling with something. The faster you can identify a problem with the system, the faster you can have it repaired and the more damage you can prevent. Let’s have a look at some of the more common ductless heating issues you should watch for this heating season.

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Air Conditioning Problems to Know About

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

air-conditionerWe may be getting close to the end of summer, but you’re probably still relying on your air conditioner on a regular basis to keep your home comfortable. As long as you’re using your air conditioner for multiple hours a day, you still need to keep an eye on the system for any developing issues. Have a look at some common air conditioning problems you may have to deal with over the next few weeks, and their warning signs.

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7 Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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7 Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

One of the biggest causes of poor energy efficiency in an HVAC system is leaving the heating or air conditioning on when no one is in the house. If you find that you are constantly leaving the heating or cooling on in your house, chances are you could benefit from changing to a programmable thermostat. Here is a list of 7 ways a programmable thermostat can help your HVAC system.

  • You can schedule the heating or cooling to only turn on while you are gone. This makes a huge difference in your utility bills at the end of the month.

 

  • Programmable thermostats do not contain toxic chemicals such as mercury. Most outdated thermostats use mercury inside the unit. It’s important to keep this in mind when disposing of it.

 

  • You won’t ever forget to turn off you heating or cooling system.

 

  • You don’t have to enter a cold home after a long day. The thermostat can be used to heat the room just before your arrival.

 

  • You can also adjust your thermostat to turn on just before you wake up in the morning.

 

  • You can set the temperatures to be different on different days of the week.

 

  • A programmable thermostat is a year round advantage. You can use all the same features to control heating AND cooling using only one unit.

Sunset Air wishes you a safe and warm winter. For more information on programmable thermostats, contact us by calling (360) 456-4956

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The Benefits of Switching to a Ductless System

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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The Benefit of Switching to a Ductless Heating and Cooling System Increased comfort:

Ductless heating and cooling systems are extremely efficient at distributing heat evenly throughout your living space. One indoor unit is enough to regulate the temperatures in a large space. Ductless systems are suitable for any open floor plan and are easy to control. With a duct system the air has more distance to travel before entering the room it will be heating or cooling. Duct systems can waste an average of 40% of your heating and cooling energy.

Monthly savings:

Ductless systems can replace the primary heat source in all electrically heated homes. Ductless systems heat homes for a fraction of the cost of a baseboard, electric furnaces, or wall and ceiling heaters.

Heating and cooling all in one unit:

This allows you to control your comfort no matter what season it is. With a ductless system, the heating and cooling is all done from one unit making it a great choice for controlling the temperature of your home all year round. No more external air conditioners and the maintenance that comes with them.

Easy, low-cost installation:

Ductless systems do not require costly and complicated ductwork. This allows you to set aside your worries of duct cleaning and expensive maintenance. A ductless installation can usually be completed within a couple of days.

Breathe cleaner, healthier air:

With a ductless system you can say goodbye to dirt, dust, germs, mildew, and odor causing gases. A ductless system will continuously be circulating fresh air into your living space, making it a prime choice for people who suffer from allergies.

Incentive opportunities:

Many local utility companies such as Puget Sound Energy offer cash incentives up to $1,500 for changing to a ductless system. This can make it a whole lot easier on your pockets when making the transition.

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7 Steps to Save Energy Through the Winter Season

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

 

7 Steps to Save Energy Through the Winter Season

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What’s at Risk with Amateur Window Service for Installation

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

You may not consider installing a window a job that requires professionals. Certainly, professional service sounds nice… but it isn’t 100% necessary. After all, it’s just a window: set it in place, make sure it’s attached, and that’s it.

But let us assure you, based on our many decades of professional work with numerous types of windows and doors, correctly installing a window—and installing the right type of window—requires far more professional skill than you think. The consequences of poor window installation are also high, and any money you might save upfront by choosing to have a non-professional handle the job will soon vanish and you’ll find yourself suffering from discomfort, higher bills, and a generally unpleasant looking new installation.

For quality window service in Lakewood, WA from an experienced team, look to Sunset Air. We will help you dodge these pitfalls of amateur window installation:

Energy Inefficiency

Windows have many energy efficiency ratings on them that explain how well the window stops the movement of heat, blocks UV radiation, and reflects back light. But none of these ratings will mean much if the window goes into place poorly, with ineffective caulking and numerous air gaps, or bad placement where the window allows in too much direct sun. This will mean a house that permits too much heat to enter in warm months, and too heat to escape in the cold months. The house will lose a great deal of energy, and your utility bills will start to mount from overuse of the heater and air conditioner. And it isn’t only poor fitting of the window into place that can cause this. If the installers select the wrong type and material for the window, it will also create energy efficiency problems.

Discomfort

Going hand-in-hand with energy inefficiency is the way a badly installed window will make your house less comfortable. A drafty window can be miserable during winter, and a window that allows in too much direct sunlight along with humid air in the summer can make your house unpleasant and stuffy. (Direct sunlight will also affect your furnishings, leading to fading.)

Windows That “Don’t Work”

A sloppy installation job can result in windows that don’t open and close well, whether shuttered windows, sliding windows, or crank window. The windows will stick and close unevenly, as if they were already warped and excessively worn. With the extra strain placed on the moving parts, the new window will not last long before it need to either be fixed or replaced.

When you have skilled window installers on the job, you can expect to have an attractive window effectively placed so that that will contribute to a comfortable and energy-efficient home—as well a beautiful home. Call on the more than 35 years of experience at Sunset Air when it comes to window service in Lakewood, WA.

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Understanding the Heat Efficiency Numbers for Windows

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

A window is more than glass or other transparent material in a frame. A window forms a part of the energy system in your home, and the right selection and placement of new windows can make a difference in how well your home is heated and cooled.

A key part of understanding the role of windows in energy efficiency is knowing how to read the energy-performance labels from the National Fenestration Rating Council, a nonprofit industry-recognized certifying body for windows and doors. NFRC labels appear on all windows that have met the council’s standards, and contain a list of efficiency numbers. There is also an ENERGY STAR label from the U.S. Department of Energy that identifies the climate for which the window is certified.

If this already sounds like it’s too complicated, you don’t need to worry: if you hire experience professionals for your new window installation, they will guide you toward the energy-efficient window for your construction project that will reduce your costs for heating and cooling. Sunset Air offers quality window services in Lakewood, WA that combine experience and professionalism to make sure that you receive precision window installation.

The Efficiency Numbers to Look For

  • U-factor: This is the measure of the heat loss through a window. The lower the number, the more the window inhibits heat flow and the higher its insulating ability. Generally, the U-factor for a window will be between 0.2 and 1.2.
  • Solar heat gain coefficient: The SHGC indicates how well the window blocks radiant heat; i.e. the heat produced from direct sunlight on the window. The SHGC number is the fraction of the radiant solar energy that passes through the window. It is expressed as a number between 0 and 1, and the lower the fraction, the better the window restricts heat.
  • Visible transmittance: The amount of visible light that enters the window. Like SHGC, it is measures from 0 to 1. The higher the number, the more visible light enters your home.
  • Air leakage: A measure of the cubic feet of air that passes through a window per square foot of window area. The lower this number, the less air will escape through the window. Keep in mind that poor installation will increase air escape, so the air leakage number is only meaningful with skilled installation.
  • Condensation resistance: This rating expresses how well the window stops the development of condensation formation on its interior surface. The higher the number (expressed between 0 and 100), the better the window is at preventing condensation.

Your professional window installers will help you with each of this efficiency numbers, and they will know the ratings that a window must score for NFRC certification. They also will identify the proper ENERGY STAR windows for your climate. Best of all, the professionals will make sure that the window is set and sealed into place so that it can live up to its efficiency numbers and do the job it is supposed to.

Since 1976, Sunset Air has helped homeowners with in Lakewood, WA with window services, door and skylight installation, and other home improvements. For all your window needs, contact our team.

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Benefits of Professional Window Installation

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Window installation may seem like a simple job: fit the window into the open space and secure it. But the task requires far more skill than that, and the consequences of a badly installed window can be expensive and inconvenient.

If you are building a new home or renovating your current one, do not try to handle window installation yourself or delegate it to inexperienced amateurs. Call up a professional and respected company like Sunset Air, where we have more than 35 years of history with door and window installation in Lakewood, WA and throughout the South Puget Sound and Southwest Washington areas.

Here Are 3 Reasons to Rely On Professional Window Installation

  1. Speed: If you’ve ever tried to put in a window on your own (and we hope you haven’t), you will have discovered how difficult it is. It’s time-consuming and not a task that you can handle using only one person, and the lengthy time it takes to complete means you’ll end up with a long uncomfortable period in your home with an open gap where the window is supposed to be. But professional window installers who are used to handling multiple jobs every week can have your windows put in place and caulked and sealed in no time at all.
  2. Energy efficiency: A window does more than permit light into your home and allow you a view to the outside. It is also a source of heat and a potential place for heat to escape. The wrong type of window placed in an incorrect location and installed poorly will become a point of energy-waste in your home. You will lose heat through poor sealing and gain excess heat from bad positioning, and end up with an uncomfortable interior and a heating and cooling system that has to work overtime to compensate. Professional installers will make sure that any window they install will help your home’s energy efficiency, not harm it.
  3. Pleasing design: Remember that professional window installation isn’t just about putting the window in place. It’s also about selecting the right window to fit in with your décor. With professional installers on the job, you are more likely to have a window that becomes an attractive part of your home’s interior and exterior, rather than a bland functional item.

Sunset Air does more than professional window installation in Lakewood, WA. We offer installation of interior and exterior doors and skylights. If you are building or remodeling a home, call our door and window experts today, or visit our window showroom to get a direct look at the variety that we can offer your house.

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How Window Services Save You Energy

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

People can be surprised at the role windows play in your home’s energy use. Older windows assembled with outdated technology can be extremely wasteful. A reliable energy company can provide window services that will install newer, more efficient models. Here in Lakewood, WA, window services can make a huge difference, especially considering our cold and sometimes windy weather.

Here’s a quick breakdown on how window services save you energy:

Improperly fitted windows are the first culprit, as are windows whose frames have suffered damage. Hairline crevices and similar “breaches” can appear around the window frame, pulling out conditioned air and allowing outside air to creep in. In addition, the glass itself can be extremely wasteful: composed of older materials that don’t insulate your interior the way they should.

Window installation services can change all that. The installation of vinyl window frames can seal up those cracks perfectly, as well as slowing the release of conditioned air from your home. Wood frames can do the job effectively too, provided they are properly sized and installed by a professional. Similarly, the quality of the glass can make a huge difference in your energy bills. UV protection can help keep sunlight from heating up your house, while double-paned windows form a natural insulating barrier between your home and the atmosphere outside.

All of this serves one purpose: to seal your house against the flow of air in and out.  As a result, your home will retain cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter much better. That reduces strain on your HVAC system. Not only will it use less energy to keep your home comfortable, but it lowers the risk of repairs as well.

For more on how window services save you energy, or to schedule an installation section, talk to the experts at Sunset Air for help. We operate in Lakewood, WA, window service is one of our core specialties, and we can provide sound advice on the best approach for your particular circumstances. We’re standing by to help you, so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone today!

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Reasons to Rely on Professionals for Window Installation

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

If you are building a new home, or renovating your current one, installing windows is a key part of the process. Sometimes, new windows can make an enormous difference in how energy-efficient a home is, so even if you have no major construction plans for the future, you may wish to investigate the possibility of having new window installation in Lakewood, WA.

For this job, you will need experienced installers, like those at Sunset Air. Putting in new windows isn’t a quick job that only requires putting a new window in place and screwing it down. Improper installation can lead to a host of issues that you want to avoid at all costs.

Some Problems That Can Happen Due To Poor Window Installation

  • Heating and cooling loss: Windows are an important part of the insulation in a home. During temperature extremes, heat will attempt to move through the windows and will seek out any cracks or open spots to pass through. During hot weather, heat will enter through these cracks and make a house warmer, and during cold weather heat will escape and make a house colder. Amateur installation risks windows with poor sealing that will make your home uncomfortable and force your heater or air conditioner to work too hard.
  • Poor positioning and sun exposure: Window installation is not just about putting the window in place; it’s also about choosing the right location and angle for it. A shoddy job of doing this will result in excess sunlight exposure that can damage your furnishings and raise your home’s temperature through radiant heat. (It can also result in windows that don’t bring enough sunlight inside.)
  • Moisture: Improper sealing of a window can cause moisture to seep inside a home. Even a small amount of moisture trapped around the edges of the window can become serious when it freezes during the winter. The danger of wood rot and cracking is high even with only a small infiltration of water moisture through a poorly installed window.

When you hire on professionals in window installation to handle a job, not only will the job be done well to avoid all of these problems, but it will also get done fast, and you won’t have the terrible inconvenience of an open space in your walls for long.

If you think it’s time to upgrade your home and its energy efficiency with new window installation, don’t make it a “do-it-yourself” project, and don’t trust it to amateurs. Call Sunset Air and talk to our experts in window installation in Lakewood, WA today and you’ll have quality services backed by more than 35 years of experience.

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